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the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft onboard launches from the Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA’s MMS mission will study how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.
Police remove a protester holding a sign as US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “The President’s Request for Authorisation to Use Force Against Isis: Military and Diplomatic Efforts” on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday
The moon sets in the early morning hours as a man walks along an ocean pier in Oceanside, California on Thursday
Anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox Jews of the Naturei Karta movement hold signs outside the Washington Convention Centre where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on Monday
An ice covered statue is seen in Lafayette Square on Monday in Washington, DC
Pedestrians make their way along a snow-covered street during a storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston and other areas of the Northeast are braced for more snow.
An aeroplane flies past the rising moon in its waning gibbous stage as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey. The statue known as Civic Fame, bottom left, which stands on the Manhattan Municipal Building in New York, is also visible.
Protesters listen during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday in Washington, DC. Witnesses testified about the use of the Guantanamo Detention Facility in Cuba and US detention policy
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Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney on Monday
A man walks through a snow storm in the early hours of the morning in Times Square, New York
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A crew member on the Towline, a 65-foot steel-hull ice breaking vessel, keeps watch while working in a snow storm to clear ice for a dredging operation on the Royal River on Friday in Yarmouth, Maine
Commuters make their way across New York’s Times Square during a snow storm. Storms have pounded the northeastern US hitting tens of millions of people and forcing the rare cancellation of Broadway shows.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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A truck from the Alabama Department of Transportation, followed by traffic, spreads sand and grit on the northbound lanes of the Hudson Memorial Bridge spanning the Tennessee River on Thursday in Decatur, Alabama
Icicles form on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday. Cold air has sent temperatures into single digits below zero around the US, with wind chills driving them even lower
People gather at Union Square in reaction to the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo late on Wednesday in New York City. Twelve people were killed, including two police officers, after gunmen opened fire at the offices of the French weekly publication
A man waits in line for one of 5,000 food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California on Wednesday
Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain on Thursday, in this view from Sausalito, California. A storm expected to be one of the worst in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power and delaying travel by air, train and ferry.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
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Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minnesota competes in the saddle bronco riding during the fifth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas